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GCSB cover-up once in a decade

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, December 5th, 2012 - 79 comments
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Remember when Bill English signed a Ministerial Warrant on behalf of John Key in a last-ditch attempt to stop the GCSB’s illegal spying on Kim Dotcom from becoming public? Remember how, laughably, GCSB, Key and English said they didn’t know the spying was illegal when they got the warrant, and the warrant was routine? Did you wonder ‘what’s a Ministerial Warrant?’ I did. I’d never heard of one. Well, the Greens investigated. Now, it turns out there’s only been one issued in at least a decade.

So, this wasn’t just some routine thing that Prime Ministers and Acting Prime Ministers routinely sign from time to time.  This was a power that had probably never been invoked in the experience of any of the officials, let alone the experience of the people meant to be controlling them. I imagine it took the GCSB quite a bit of effort to even work out what a Ministerial Warrant should look like because they had no model to draw on (GCSB says they know none have been issued in at least a decade, but don’t mention knowing of any being issued before that either).

Are we meant to believe that this extraordinary action was completed by simply passing a piece of paper under English’s nose and he didn’t so much as raise an eyebrow, let alone inform Key, and that the GCSB staff didn’t feel compelled, in the absence of such pro-activity by English to explain to him and Key what the Warrant was and why it was needed?

And, doesn’t this just make you ask again, what is so special about the Dotcom case? Why the armed raid? Why was GCSB involved at all? Why did everyone choose to ignore the obvious illegality of their involvement? Why did Key display a remarkable lack of interest about the wealthiest person in his electorate? Why did the GCSB dig up a power that no-one can recall being used to try to suppress involvement that they claim they thought was legal at that time? Why did English and Key turn as little attention as possible to all this?

Why?

What’s really going on?

79 comments on “GCSB cover-up once in a decade”

  1. Jenny 1

    It can now be revealed what the mysterious US spy plane’s mission was in Wellington.

    It was to conduct a rendition of David Shearer and Russel Norman and replace them with Texan dopplegangers.

  2. muzza 2

    http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/pm-confirms-spies-met-in-wellington-5259855

    http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=48349

    Wellington has long been a hotbed of spook activity..

    Probably unrelated but….

    Anything to do with the girl who *fell* from the IA building….

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10834384

    • karol 2.1

      Hmmm… mysterious and weird.  Why is Sir Peter bothering with Hobbit films and the related branding of Wellington as Middle-earth.

      He could do movies much more reflective of the double life of Wellington: maybe one called The Ms Bourne Identity …? 

      Also this statement from the PM is kinda weird:

      “I don’t track every official that comes to New Zealand. People come all the time. Some come on planes, some don’t…I don’t bother going to ask who’s on those particular planes.”

       
      If not by plane, then how….?

      • leftriteleft 2.1.1

        That sort of statement from Dear Leader just shows that mouth goes into gear before the brain (oops, does he have a brain).

      • muzza 2.1.2

        Indeed Karol, it has long been suggested that NZ, like many other countries is controlled by the intelligence forces afrom various regions, and I would suggest that is getting harder to argue against all the time.

        JK’s comment is simply that of a man who is so totally befuddled by the orders now, he can’t even have a coherent sentence contructed for him by the PR team to regurgitate.

        So far as Peter Jackson is concerned, and his allegence with Warners, shows that he is now part of the Hollywood/Military?intelligence programme, which is what Hollywood is. PJ just could not have achieved what he has, without crossing some very serious ethical/moral lines, if he ever had them, and I would contest that his earlier movies made in NZ would illustrate that he was on a different path anyway, and one that Hollywood is built on!

        Why did a young woman *fall* from the IA building, and why has there not been any follow to this? Why then in AKL a few weeks later, did a mother and child *fall* from an Auckland apartment building.. http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/national-news/7765055/Dad-returns-after-woman-and-babys-fatal-fall

        The woman’s husband and baby’s father, who was in the country on business, flew to Auckland this morning from elsewhere in New Zealand.

        Doing what sort of business, like in Wellington Perhaps?

        He is being supported by Auckland-based Mexican Consulate staff

        Supported – Like the israelis after Chch, in other words, he was being kept out of the limelight

        It all stinks very badly, and why are people *falling* out of buildings all over the place!

        In old language, falling off a building was the old classic for….being waxed!

        • McFlock 2.1.2.1

          Muzz, these are real people you’re talking about.
                 
          We don’t know the circumstances of either case, but statistically speaking suicide or accident are more likely than homicide. And multifloor buildings provide an efficient mechanism for the first option, but still don’t quite cover up the third.
               
           

          • muzza 2.1.2.1.1

            these are real people you’re talking about.

            Yes they are, which is why I have raised it!

            What we do know McFlock is that these both happened some months back now, with SFA additional information.

            Why is a woman *falling* from the Internal Affairs building , and why is she still as yet not publically identified, same goes AFAIK for the Auckland situation!

            Ill check both these out again further later on..

            • GregJ 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Muzza – I think McFlock has made a valid point which you should perhaps reflect on. Her name is known to her family, friends and colleagues (both current and former of whom I am one). As there is deemed to be no suspicious circumstances (i.e. not a matter of interest to the police) the death has been referred to the coroner (which was reported in the media). I believe it is not uncommon for the names of people subject to a coroner’s inquiry to not be “publically identified” unless or until an inquest is undertaken. The media may have chosen not to name her for a number of reasons e.g. sensitivity to the family.

              New Zealand is a small country and the degree of separation quite small and there may well be people who read this website who also know who this person was and the circumstances. I know your idle (?) speculation was not malicious (and I don’t think of myself as overly sensitive) but I was surpised to find I was actually a little distressed by your post. Perhaps we should all remember to just pause a second or two before we hit submit?

      • PlanetOrphan 2.1.3

        Mainly Submarines Karol.

        They are here to check out the specs on those Chinese routers would be my guess.

        No one else had the brains to ask for them when evaluating the encrypted logging features.

      • Rich 2.1.4

        I wondered that and assumed that the more low-key US spy uses a submarine as transport.

    • karol 2.2

      Maybe the Wellington meet is part of the latest CIA international recruitment drive, as reported in the Guardian at the weekend.  

  3. Bill 3

    What’s a Ministerial Warrant? Dead easy. One minister scribbles on a piece of paper – ‘it warrant me!’ And another minister signs it. This then provides adequate grounds for cast iron denials.

    • mike 3.1

      Is it anything like a ‘Oh fuck no one was supposed to find out about this’ Warrant?

    • Treetop 3.2

      Orchestrated distancing does require careful planning and more so when you are head of the GCSB.

  4. BLiP 4

    .

    Where was John Key at the time this was signed? Off on some hastily-scheduled excuse to scarper at the right time to protect the brand, I’ll bet.

    • deuto 4.1

      The ministerial certificate was signed by Bill English as acting prime minister in August while Key was in the USA watching his son play baseball.

      • BLiP 4.1.1

        .

        Ahhh . . . that’s right. It seemed a bit off at the time when John Key said watching sport was more important than attending a commemorative service for Kiwi soldiers killed in action. Now we know why. Watta guy.

      • felix 4.1.2

        Oh dear, I do hope it was signed on the Monday that Key’s son was playing, or at the very earliest on the preceding Sunday.

        If it were on the extra Thursday, Friday or Saturday that he inexplicably had to leave the country for, causing him to miss the memorial service for the soldiers killed in Afghanistan, then people might start asking awkward questions about why he had to leave the country on a Thursday to catch a Monday baseball game.

    • Peter Martin 4.2

      Wasn’t it in the US to both do some bizzo and watch his son play sport?…

      • BLiP 4.2.1

        .

        Which reminds me, judging from a local media report at the time, looks like John Key just can’t help himself:

        . . . “I’ve been prime minister for four years, and it’s really 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year” . . . [and] . . . “Baseball also is attracting more government support” he said.. . .

        Never mind the fact that John Key is the Minister of Overseas Holidays, Baseball New Zealand has never received government funding. Still, two more items for the list:

        – I’m Jewish/Christian/Agnostic

        – 1981

        – Tranzrail shares

        – Lord Ashcroft

        – National Ltd™ would have sent troops into Iraq

        – Standard & Poors

        – “I didn’t say I want wages to drop”

        – “I won’t raise GST:

        – Capping, not cutting the public service,

        – “North of $50 a week”

        – Privatisation won’t significantly help the economy

        – Wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones

        – “I never offered Brash a diplomatic job in London”

        – Kiwisaver

        – National Ltd™ is not going to radically reorganise the structure of the public sector

        – Tax cuts won’t require additional borrowing

        – National Ltd™ will tender out the government banking contract

        – “We [NZ] have grown for eight of the last nine quarters”

        – “…we will be back in surplus by 2014-15…”

        – “…unemployment is starting to fall…”

        – “…we have created 45,000 jobs…”

        – “…we are likely to create 170,000 jobs in the next 4 years…”

        – “I don’t own a vineyard”

        – The Isreali spy killed in the Christchurch quake had “only one” passport

        – The Police will not need to make savings by losing jobs

        – GCSB x 3 (that we know about)

        – “I voted to keep the drinking age at 20″

        – New Zealand is 100% Pure

        – “I’ve been prime minister for four years, and it’s really 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year”

        – Baseball in New Zealand is attracting more government support

  5. This is sooo stinky.

  6. deuto 6

    A good post, Eddie – the questions you ask are all the ones that have been bugging me for months. And good on the Greens for their proactive investigation into how rare these ministerial certificates are/

    I seem to recall that at the time the ministerial certificate became public, both Key and English attempted to brush it off as something very routine and of no particular interest. If my memory is correct, I remember an interview with English where he shrugged his shoulders and stated this precisely but cannot find that interview on a quick search.

    However, I did find this Stuff article which gives the flavour of both Key and English’s spin at the time (and the fact that Key was in the USA watching his son play baseball when English signed the certificate).

    https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7723279/Police-asked-spies-to-snoop-on-Dotcom&sa=U&ei=Rly-UPqzDavqmAWa9IGQDg&ved=0CBAQFjAD&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNFA6rIww-vBM8Tepti9_W8NeyLjig – I must learn how to short these links!


    The blunder became public yesterday once documents were lodged at the High Court.

    But Key admitted today English was alerted to the involvement of spooks in August, while acting prime minister. Key was in the US watching teenage son Max compete in a baseball tournament.

    The role of the secretive GCSB began to unravel when Dotcom’s lawyer Paul Davison asked for the identity of mystery individuals at a meeting before police and FBI agents raided the entrepreneur’s Coatesville mansion in January.

    After the court hearing English signed a ‘ministerial certificate’ – an administrative document – relating to the court case.

    Neither Key nor English can recall the exact date. But Key left for a ten-day trip on on August 9 – the same day the mysterious group was first revealed in court.

    ”There was a ministerial certificate that was signed. That’s another technical issue, I haven’t actually seen the paper work on that, that would have indicated that the bureau was involved,” Key said this morning.

    ”A ministerial certificate is in relation to information about whether the bureau has acted, because a court, or someone might ask, for that information. So, it’s essentially a suppression order.”

    English said he had signed the certificate but couldn’t recall the detail. He is ”not all concerned” about what the report might uncover.

    ”The issue is being dealt with pro-actively both by the agencies and by the Prime Minister.”

    Asked today if he had signed the indemnity order English said he needed to check documents before he could comment.

    “I’ve been involved in the adminstrative processes related to this thing; but I wouldn’t comment till I’ve had the opportuntiy to go and have a good look, what was involved, what advice was given.”

    • Johan 6.1

      English and Key both have faulty memories when it comes to recalling important events. In my opinion I wouldn’t trust either one to run this country. One look at mister double dipper and mister Flannel then you know the NZ citizens are in deep trouble. We need reliable leadership at the helm, especially now with the yanks pushing the TPP.
      Honestly, where are our opposition members in the House, journalists etc. who should be working for our interest, keeping an eye on our democratic way of life.

    • karol 6.3

      The warrant was signed by English on August 16 – I reckon that was a  Thursday.

    • PlanetOrphan 6.4

      Hi dueto,

      Wrap the links in an <A tag to shorten them
      href=”[actual link]” etc the text you see is in between the a and the /a

  7. RJLC 7

    What’s really going on?

    Liars telling lies.

    • kea 7.1

      .. more likely just the wheels of government turning and being subjected to unfamiliar scrutiny by citizen bloggers.

  8. Saarbo 8

    This is just un – faaaarken – blievable.

    The Greens are certainly leading the way at the moment. Just about every move that they make is a winner.

    • geoff 8.1

      Yep, I’m starting to think it would be best if the Greens wins a majority of the seats in any green/labour alliance.

    • Mary 8.2

      Except Metiria’s this morning on RNZ about beneficiaries being helped into jobs. She’s usually pretty good but boy, she sounded like someone from ACT today.

  9. Name (Optional) 9

    Once again the Greens show themselves to be the real party of opposition while Labour slumbers waiting for what goes around to come around.

  10. karol 10

    NRT on a an OIA, that shows there’s no procedure or checklist for briefing the PM when he returns from overseas – all ad hoc.

  11. AmaKiwi 11

    “I imagine it took the GCSB quite a bit of effort to even work out what a Ministerial Warrant should look like because they had no model to draw on.”

    I think you have the process backwards. GCSB was trying to solve a serious problem. Someone said, “I once heard about something called a Ministerial Warrant. Let’s see if we can use that to solve our problem.”

    Next question: What was the problem GCSB was trying to solve? You and I speculate it was about Dotcom’s residency. It might have been something more sinister. Only the people who drew up the warrant know what it was they had to hide.

    The longer they cover it up, the fouler this rotten mess smells.

    I recommend the main stream media ignore this issue because it goes to the question of who is running the country and how illegal are their methods. We wouldn’t that answered honestly, would we?

  12. xtasy 12

    The powers at the helm have their way of misleading the public in the most cunning manner.

    Nobody can tell me and convince me that the signing off that English did was done so “routinely” and only, because Key did not happen to be in the country.

    You would have to be an IDIOT to believe that.

    Sadly the situation in NZ is one, where we have a mass brainwashing mainstream media, distracting beyond tolerance, being full with petty occupations, being dishonest and also full of career minded, self serving “journalists”, who do not care about the traditional “4th estate” role anymore.

    It is ME, ME and ME, how can I get attention, hit a nerve, “create” a story and put MYSELF in the focus, what drives most modern reporters and journalists.

    So we get NO news, NO substantial info, we get drivel, distraction and worse.

    In light of this, it is so convenient and easy for a dishonest, highly manipulative government, to take advantage of the status quo and do what they do, and what they are pleased to do.

    The GCSB scandal is treated by media in the same way as the ACC “scandal”, the WINZ “privacy scandal”, the “John Banks scandal”, and so forth.

    Do you not get it? It is only in the news a few days, if that, then it is subsiding, suffocated, distraction happens, and the government is in full gear to deliver other stories, especially about suspected internal goings on in the opposition and so forth, so that the dumb and “corrupt” MSM instantly forget, conveniently forget, what their role should actually be.

    Commerce comes into play, so advertisers who pay the bill, they do NOT want to upset the government, viewers and others, they want it to stay as it is, to get easier for themselves and to sell, sell and sell, so they make BUCKS.

    So re ACC, what happened re the “cheque-book doctors”? Re WINZ, what happened to the “kiosk issues” and also “cheque-book doctor allegations”? Re Banks, what happened to the so convincing and revealing report from police obtained under the O.I.A.? NADA. It all gets swept under the carpet too quickly, and we are all back to square one.

    THE DICTATORSHIP OF BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT DOMINANT INTERESTS IN NZ IS WORKING!

    • AmaKiwi 12.1

      I share you anger about the MSM, but investigative journalism is very expensive. The Washington Post employed Woodward and Bernstein for six months before they got their FIRST story in print and then it was not a blockbuster story, only a strong hint of impropriety.

      It took another six months before Watergate was a national obsession and the Washington Post could reap the rewards by selling tons more advertising. News media only make money selling ads. Facts don’t pay the bills.

      Paying two reporters for 6 months with no results is very expensive. Our media don’t have that kind of money.

      • xtasy 12.1.1

        Ha, ha, ha, that is why I am doing it free of charge, so to say.

        You are sadly playing into the hands of the commercial industry, that everything anyone does has to be PAID and thus COSTS.

        This forum, like a few cherished other ones, proves you a bit wrong.

        Ok, most here is not that deeply researched, but some is, more can be done, and I would totally strongly recommend any writer in this forum to invest the time to research, analyse and write stories, that are of substance and can inform, and by the way also CHANGE things!

      • xtasy 12.1.2

        I sent heaps of stuff on MSD to the email address of the Standard before, but for some reason, it was not “noticed” (unbelievable), not considered “worth” reading, and/or not worth publishing.

        So that was all totally well researched stuff, but it was NOT picked up.

        Somewhere, somehow, one gives up trying!

        It has now been sent to others, and maybe some of them will take it further. Really “dumb”, I must say.

        • Descendant Of Smith 12.1.2.1

          Likely it wasn’t picked up because it was focussed seemingly on mainly your own issues and didn’t appear to be well researched.

          A good example would be your continually stating that Health and Disability advisors were there to get people off benefit when I recall at the time people were complaining that they were finding it difficult to get on an Invalids Benefit.

          Then after they were put in place Invalids Benefit numbers went up.

          So the question that occurs to me is how many people did they help get their entitlements versus how many did they remove entitlements for?

          What would an OIA asking about their recommendations show?

          Has that changed over time?

          Are they now saying no to more people than they said yes to?

          A bit of research would be helpful.

          Yep I get it’s part of the government’s big picture to focus strongly on employment as the solution to everything (without creating jobs) and you can see that across areas like education as well – courses must be related to jobs – me personally I’m happy to have art and philosophy and humanities, etc.

          In the end your long postings get about as much of a glance at as Penny’s. Your short ones I still read.

          It’s also evident that sometimes posts I do that I think are worthy of notice don’t get noticed but that’s just the nature of blogging and no different to the nature of normal conversation.

          My profundities are just sometimes others inanities and it’s never all about me. That’s life.

          I’d add however that overall I do enjoy your input here as at times you do make me sit up and challenge my own thinking and look at things from a different perspective. You also often remind us that elsewhere things are much more tougher and the resistance is as well.

          • xtasy 12.1.2.1.1

            Sorry you are not informed. I have done extensive research, it was ALL documented, so some of you did fail to realise the worth of it, which is not giving any credit to you ability to research, substantiate and write stories that you do write here on the TS.

            I am having second thoughts now to even bother posting on TS.

            I feel you are not up to the skills needed to dig up stories and dirt, and that is why this government gets away with it does, and also previous Labour covers up the crap they got themselves into. Responses I have (in writing) from Ardern totally prove the dishonesty and lies by Labour.

            So live with that, dear “DSM”!

            Cover your “mates” of the corrupt Labour Party for sure, I have NO trust in you or them!

            They committed enough of lies and other legal breaches I can well document!!!

          • xtasy 12.1.2.1.2

            Like I and others have experienced too, O.I.A. requests are increasingly treated with contempt. They are not at all answering questions and try to find every cop out possible, and if they reply it is usually late and vague.

            You are doing your party a disservice to defend the crap we get all the time.

            If you are really there for the poor and working people you would not be so bloody arrogant.

            We are treated like SHIT, that is beneficiaries, and most do not raise anything, because they are too bloody scared to bite the hand that feeds them. That went on under Labour too, and I had first hand experience. You are an arrogant shit person to come across with your know it all attitude!!!

            • Descendant Of Smith 12.1.2.1.2.1

              Directly or indirectly you asked for some feedback. I tried to give you some.

              If you’ve followed my postings over the last few years you’ll note that I have kids with disabilities, I’ve been a benefit advocate, a union delegate and had a long involvement in the disability sector either directly or via my wife.

              One of the thing that annoys me is the fear created by some people for others in the disability sector by extreme portrayals of what is going on.

              Individual experience does not make for everyone’s experience.

              There isn’t a single person that my wife or others working with her across a range of physical, intellectual and psychiatric disabilities from severe to moderate that have had any attempt to have their entitlement to an Invalids Benefit removed.

              What has had to be managed is the distress and worry that fear-mongering causes them. It’s bad enough managing the right-wing media attacks on them, abuse thrown at them in the streets, the discrimination they feel on a daily basis and advocate and argue against all that stuff without also having to manage the fears generated by people who purport to support them. Maybe if you had to deal with that on a day to day basis you might have a degree of caution about what you say.

              Yeah it’s a more conservative approach than you would take but it’s just as valid.

              You’ll also note if you read my posts that I’m highly critical of Labour and it’s treatment of beneficiaries and that they lost my support during Helen Clark’s time (after previously having lost my support during the Rogernomics period) in particular for putting the $20-00 power week back on NZS and not on benefits.

              So it’s not my Labour Party at all.

              I’m cool with information – dis-information just pisses me off cause it distracts.

              And yeah my experience isn’t yours and that may simply be the fact that I may be in a different part of the country where things may be done differently – who knows.

              It’s not arrogance it’s just different.

              • xtasy

                Thank you DSS:

                Maybe you gathered your experiences before 2007 or 2008.

                I have reports AND own experiences since then that tell me and them a totally different story.

                WINZ is NOT fair, reasonable and broke the law in many cases.

                Not only did I experience this I got records from others..

                A guy in Southland now gets “special treatment” after issues werre raised.

                You are living in lala land to believe all is fine, it is anything but! But I get it, Labour and Nats work along the same lines. Fuck that!

              • xtasy

                By the way I got first hand info from my GP about a WINZ “designated doctor”, and if I would reveal this here, it would send shivers down the spine of sick and disabled sent to him (who was one of the top doctors used by WINZ)!

                Do not try to intimidate me, I know bloody well what I am talking about, it is also before the Health an d Disability Commissioner now, dumbo!

              • xtasy

                I do authorise Lynn Prentice to disclose my email address to you, and then we can hopefully commmunicate, sort details out and get clear on this.

                I look forward to provide you and others with information that will be over-whelming to prove my argument.

                Sadly so far, you are accommodating the position of Labour and the Nat government!

                • Descendant Of Smith

                  “Do not try to intimidate me”

                  I don’t even know where that comes from. I was genuinely trying to give some constructive feedback.

                  I seem to get myself occasionally into an argumentative position when I engage with people at a personal level and try and present my own perspective.

                  It’s never my intent to upset and be argumentative.

                  I think I’m learning that that level of engagement isn’t suited to blogs and that I should pull back from doing so.

                  I tend to think conversationally and it doesn’t quite work in in this format. It’s a bit of a learning curve for me.

                  Xtasy if I ever come across you in my normal job and in any of the community roles I’d be more than happy to help you out where I could.

                  In this role I won’t be engaging with anyone via e-mail or otherwise much as I might wish to. As stated I totally respect the wishes of my wife as they stand. Things may change once the kids have all left home.

                  I do genuinely wish you well and I did mean what I said, when I said earlier, that you do stretch my thinking at times as do many others. My fight might be more conservative but I do also fight against many of the same things you are fighting against. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

              • xtasy

                Sorry, I contemplate suicide every day I wake up, that is where I come from! I do not want to live like I have to, and WINZ have made my life hell over the last couple of years, that is the simple truth. I am sorry, you have your challenges, so it seems they treat you a bit better. Good on you for that.

                • Descendant Of Smith

                  Never think life’s not worth it.

                  My wife has directly prevented two people committing suicide in the last few months and both indirectly and directly we’ve had plenty of experience with suicide over the years.

                  I detest the criticism of governments and predominantly right wing bloggers and commentators of this countries own citizens as bludgers and breeders and the impact that very commentary has on peoples self-esteem and mental state.

                  Governments have a duty of care for all it’s citizens – not just those it decides to like.

                  I posted some time ago the principles behind welfare out of the 1970’s yearbook and quite clearly there is no party at present in NZ of even articulating the inclusiveness and compassion shown in that yearbook description.

                  If anything I’m fortunate for whatever reason to have strong resilience – that’s luck and genetics maybe. Not all my family is as resilient.

            • Bill 12.1.2.1.2.2

              xtasy. A wee while back you provided a number of links to WINZ related stuff in comments. I didn’t go through them all, but saw enough to suggest that something quite comprehensive could be made of it all. And I remember suggesting you compile a post around the info you had.

              I’m curious as to whether you wrote anything up or not or, if you did, whether it wasn’t posted as a guest post for some reason or other.

              • xtasy

                It has been “spread” by a few, but given your ignorance, I am fighting an uphill battle, but that is nothing new. I am and so are other right onto it. it was a battle for Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others, so I will NOT give up!!!
                Thanks for taking note though!

              • xtasy

                The fact that you did not go through it proves enough to me to disregard your position.

              • xtasy

                I want YOU to lose your job and income, to LEARN what it is all about to be down the shit hole that many of us are in!
                That is, I fear the lecture needed, that most “middle mellow socialists” need to learn.

                Come and join us, do NOT preach to us, and then we will sit down and talk, matey!

                I had the gutsfull of this “matey” talk by fake NZers. I had the fucking guts full of false pretences and hollow promises.

                Wake UP, mate!

                • karol

                  Are you talking about Bill losing his job, xtasy?  What makes you think he has one?

                  • xtasy

                    .
                    Good question! That may qualify him to argue! I suspect he still has, and losing a job is not what I am usually wanting to happen to anyone, but for some it may be a good learning experience, to understand where others are at. Hate to say this!

                    • Descendant Of Smith

                      You might be interested in a much stronger view of the welfare changes by the greens that Labour under it’s current guise can ever show.

                      http://blog.greens.org.nz/2012/12/06/is-it-all-in-their-heads/

                    • just saying

                      I can’t be arsed linking, but you may wish to refer (via the search engine) to read Bill’s post on his own experiences as a beneficiary in the process of painting his house. It was written in response to Shearer’s famous “anecdote”.

                      You do yourself no favours when you run off at the mouth xtasy.

                    • xtasy

                      Descendant of “Smith: What do you bloody mean?

                      Jan Logie is definitely more sympathetic for the needs of disabled and sick than anyone else. I have corresponded with her and Ardern. Ardern is quck to respond, but that is where it is left, no further responses after initial contacts.

                      Logie has worked in the sector and is quite involved. Sadly she has too many other responsibilities in her party, so she can only do so much.

                      She will also be at the WINZ office in Onehunga, Auckland on 11 Dec. 2012.

                      There is more I can say. You should not run down the Greens, as they are quite solid on welfare issues.

                      And for “guest post” writings, I have never been assured that TS is going to write and publish it, given the fact that some have ulterior motives too. It was definitely made availabe, and it was, I presume for political diligence, NOT ever published.

                      So tell me more, I am anything but convinced.

                    • lprent []

                      I think you just fail to realize how little time we actually have. I try to scan the incoming contributions at least once every few days. But I have absolutely no time to deal with guest posts that aren’t ready to put up immediately. Those take about 20-30 minutes each to read and setup with graphics, excerpts, categories, tags, and checked links.

                      But I usually work at least 9 (and often closer to 11) hours a day on my paid work both at work which is a solid day of computer programming followed with prep at home. Then I spend a lot of time moderating, read other blogs and news, and sometimes manage to do a few posts. Somewhere in there usually on the weekends I try to stay on top of my profession with it’s rather insane learning curves. Good thing that I don’t have kids. As far as I am aware all of the people handling the contributions queue are all tied up with family or work. Right now I have slightly more time than usual because I don’t have to cook for Lyn – she is off shooting a doco in India.

                      I woke up the other day at 0530 worrying about my project at work, so i cleared the guest posts. By 0800, I’d managed to read 6 guest posts, put two up, and unusually written a email to one person explaining why their posts didn’t make the cut and why. But this was my first opportunity to do it for a week. It isn’t good enough, but it will have to do until my two and a half year project at work ships it’s second product. I can’t live on that little sleep.

                      If you want to see your guest posts up, then write them so they are ready to just publish. that means that they should be less than a 1000 words, have a coherent and argued opinion, and supporting facts and links. Graphics, titles, excerpts, suggested categories and tags would be nice time savers.

                      And please stop moaning about it so I don’t stay up to 0200 explaining the same thing again. Don’t moan – just write the damn things in a form that we can use.

                    • Descendant Of Smith

                      I was pointing out the greens are taking a much stronger position against the welfare changes.

                      PS The quality of the submissions in making those points is good as well.

                      Labour don’t even raise a whimper against them.

                    • karol

                      xtasy, you are so wrong about, Bill.  He is an unemployed beneficiary and you have criticised him of being in paid work with no understanding of beneficiaries.  See his post here.  

                      You also criticised Descendant of Smith for supporting the Labour Party’s anti-beneficiary line, when if you look at what he said @9.26pm above, he says the opposite.

                      I always think the old Nettiquette idea is the best one to try to follow as much as possible: attack the ideas not the person expressing them. 

                • rosy

                  Your comments show you’re fed-up xtasy, but you really shouldn’t assume you know a person’s circumstances e.g. http://thestandard.org.nz/to-the-back-teeth-and-beyond/

              • lprent

                Bill if you are interested in doing something with it, I will bump it through. It wasn’t suitable as a guest post as it was (mostly length and a lack of focused opinion) from my recollection, and we don’t edit. None of us picked it up as a guest post.

              • xtasy

                Bill:
                May I apologise for wrongfully confusing you with someone else and not remembering your post about living on a benefit some time ago.

                I admit, I lost it last night and should not have thrown around accusations and labeling other commenters unjustifiably.

                Otherwise I am tired of trying and raising issues. I may in future leave it to others to make some efforts, rather than drain my own energy.

          • xtasy 12.1.2.1.3

            Let me guess: Your are an arrogant public servant living off our monies!?

            • Descendant Of Smith 12.1.2.1.3.1

              I use an alias at my wife’s request.

              Her and the family have enough flack when I’m pushing local issues.

              When I talked to her about commenting on wider more national issues she asked that I do so in this way.

              Selfish maybe but I value my wife and family more than I value commenting on blogs.

              She shouldn’t have to deal with shit cause of me and nor should my kids.

              • xtasy

                I have no issues with your alias. I take issue with what you said before, defending Labour re beneficiaries. I have not understanding and time for that!

              • xtasy

                DOS – I apologise. I had a bad night yesterday and have more on my plate than I sometimes can deal with. So my criticism of you and excessive rant was over the top and in part not justified.

                It just dismays me that some fail to realise what goes on at WINZ and certainly at ACC. It affects people’s lives, and it appears they treated you and your kids better than some others.

                So you can appreciate this, I understand. Yet there are also some appalling stories I have come across.

  13. xtasy 13

    This is not so “revolutionary” as I had thought TS was!

  14. burt 14

    So how does Key hang on through this? Didn’t Key once say if he was caught lying he’d resign ? During the campaign trail in 2008, it might have been in a leaders debate ????

    • tracey 14.1

      “Didn’t Key once say if he was caught lying he’d resign?”

      It doesn’t count if you were lying when you said it and crossing your fingers.

    • Te Reo Putake 14.2

      I think it was “caught not lying”.

  15. karol 15

    Dotcom has won the right for the GCSB to be considered a defendant, meaning they get access to some GCSB documents.

    …  the Government Communications Security Bureau be officially made a “defendant” in a judicial review of the botched police raid on his mansion in January.

    Forcing the GCSB to be tied to the court action opens it up to court ordered “discovery” – meaning Dotcom’s lawyers can go fishing for documents as they continue to fight extradition to the US to face copyright charges.

     

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    Restoring public trust and confidence in ACC will take a lot more than a new communications strategy or social media blitz, says Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Under National, ACC has come to be perceived as insensitive, difficult to deal...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Lessons to be learned from police investigation
    The outcome of the so-called Roast Busters case should not put victims off reporting sexual crimes, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “This case has been mishandled from the start. Within days of police initially saying no charges had...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Anti-worker legislation is anti-Pacifica
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, will go down in history as being part of a Government that harmed his own people through anti-worker legislation, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “Pacific people are among...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Five-year tax holiday for overseas tax dodgers
    National has just gifted a five-year tax holiday for foreign companies dodging their tax payments, says Revenue spokesperson David Clark. “Todd McClay has pretended he is doing something about overseas companies dodging their tax duties by joining an international initiative...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Traffic Jam Tax must be given the red light
    Auckland Council’s proposed Traffic Jam Tax could cost some households thousands of dollars a year just to use roads they had already paid for with their taxes and must be rejected, says Labour’s transport and Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 29-10
  • National has chance to show leadership on limos
    The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today. "This is a...
    Greens | 29-10
  • The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws
    The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus.  “It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through...
    Labour | 29-10
  • Equal pay and the aged care sector
    Today the High Court upheld the historic ruling by the Employment Court that our Equal Pay Act could be used to consider work of equal value cases; the government has been telling the UN and ILO that it could for...
    Greens | 29-10
  • Court case perfect opportunity for Government to improve gender pay gap
    If the Government wants to halt New Zealand’s slump in international rankings on the gender pay gap it should act on the court finding that women deserve equal wages, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The World Economic Forum’s...
    Labour | 28-10
  • All Auckland transport options should be considered
    All options for meeting Auckland's transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board,...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Another report highlights Govt failure on child poverty
    An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Address and Reply Debate Part 55: Inequality and Disability
    I rise on behalf of the Green Party to talk about inequality and disability.The recent census showed that nearly one in four New Zealanders lives with a disability—up from one in five in the previous census. These figures include some...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Child poverty: No more wake-up calls
    A new report which shows the National Government has made no inroads whatsoever into child poverty should do more than just set alarm bells ringing, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “UNICEF’s  latest Innocenti Report Card highlights the fact...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Eugenie Sage speaks in the 2014 Address in Reply Debate
    I congratulate you, Assistant Speaker Mallard, as Assistant Speaker and look forward to your knowledge, your fairness, and your light touch in being a referee of proceedings in this House. I congratulate also the other Assistant Speaker, Lindsay Tisch; the...
    Greens | 28-10
  • James Shaw’s Maiden Speech
    Tena Koe, Mr Speaker. I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future. The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their...
    Greens | 28-10
  • Govt airs real views on public broadcasting
    An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says. “National today admitted it doesn’t...
    Labour | 28-10
  • Does Judith Collins have a get out of jail card?
    Former justice minister Judith Collins appears to have been gifted a get out of jail free card based on the Prime Minister’s answers in Parliament today, Labour’s Acting Deputy Leader Annette King says. “Judith Collins claimed in an Official Information...
    Labour | 28-10
  • The Final Fifth: The Last Great Task for Progressive New Zealand.
    MOST OF NEW ZEALAND’S social problems are concentrated among those living at the margins of what is otherwise a relatively wealthy society. Recently released international data on child poverty has exposed an acutely stressed social strata encompassing roughly 20 percent...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Myth Busting Rape Boasters
    In just one week a case that galvanised a nation into discussing rape culture is now being reframed as mischievous teen hi-jinx. One year ago the Roast Busters case came to the attention of the media and the public. This...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • Workers rights weakened by new laws – fightback needed
    The government’s changes to the employment laws are designed to weaken workers bargaining power – at both the individual and collective level.   30-day rule The old law required an employer with a collective agreement in place to employ new...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Simon Buckingham – Where are Labour Candidates on disability?
    For the few people who know me (hello Mum), I am proudly New Zealand’s first Autistic Spectrum Lawyer, as well as being the very bottom Candidate on the Labour Party List. (64 out of 64). Being honoured like this is...
    The Daily Blog | 31-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Blockade the Budget
    The ‘Independent’ Police Conduct Authority’s report into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash The report released by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is a whitewash riddled with inaccuracies....
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • When National claim new anti worker laws provide ‘flexibility’ they mea...
    And so it comes to pass. The first law National ram through as part of their victory march are new anti worker laws they pretend will generate ‘flexibility’. The new law denigrate the unions ability to protect workers and provide...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • City Transport: A Taxing Matter
    This week the prospect of paying tolls on Auckland motorways became a hot topic. (See Mathew Dearnaley:Motorway tolling could hit some hard, NZ Herald, 30 Oct 2014.) As we might expect, the kneejerk response has been quite negative. But, as with...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Open Letter to Amy Adams: Please Reopen The Review Into Sexual Violence Cou...
    Ms Amy Adams, Justice and Courts Minister, Right now in this country it seems that although rape is illegal, it is not being prevented by the agents who uphold the law. It almost feels like rape is only illegal on paper,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmm
    Every so often in politics, a public figure comes out with something so absurd and so outlandish … that it really does just make you go “Hmmmmmmmmmm”. We’re accustomed to this from certain quarters – by mid point through the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Poverty & inequality don’t need protest marches – they need a riot:...
    The global level of inequality continues to skyrocket… Number of billionaires doubled since financial crisis The number of billionaires has doubled since the start of the financial crisis, according to a major new report from anti-poverty campaigners. According to Oxfam,...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • If Key knows who Rawshark is…
    I’m sorry, what? John Key ‘given Rawshark’s name’The Prime Minister believes he knows who hacked Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater’s computer and produced the source material for Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics, according to a new edition of a recently published...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Child Poverty stats in NZ
    Child Poverty stats in NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 30-10
  • Crimes Act + Police Investigation = WTF
    Just to frame the farce that is the Roastbuster’s investigation and conclusion – here are the parts of the Crime Act http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1961/0043/latest/whole.html#DLM329057  the Roastbusters are proven to have violated – that the police (and some suspects!) themselves acknowledge occurred: Crimes...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Publishing Journalists’ Home Addresses Is A Tactic Of The Right, Not The ...
    I think I’m starting to get rather annoyed with the conduct of some pro-MANA people over this ongoing Parliamentary Services crew complement issue. Yes, we get that there are legitimate issues to be raised with how some political reporters in...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Aucklanders caught between a tarseal-addicted government and a weak mayor
    Len Brown’s proposal for motorway tolls to reduce congestion and provide funding for better public transport is a weak response to a critical issue. The $12 billion dollar shortfall on transport funding he talks about is mainly for projected new...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • A Very Weird Story: Deconstructing Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
    NOAH is a curious movie. Conceived as a biblical epic, it’s target audience was originally the millions of Americans who regard the Bible as God’s inerrant word. With the sin-filled works of Hollywood forbidden to these true-believers, Christian movie-makers have developed...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • You Can Get Away With Rape In New Zealand
    Jessie Hume with last years petition against rape     The police have sent a strong message today.  In fact they’ve been sending a strong message for a while; a message that our government supports. “You can literally get away...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Roast Buster case – no charges. In the immortal words of NWA…
    Roast Busters case: No prosecutions Police are to make an announcement this afternoon on Operation Clover, the investigation into the “Roast Busters” allegations. The Herald understands the victim has been told that the alleged offenders will not be prosecuted due...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Key’s flag change distraction to cost $26million!
    No. Way. Bid to change NZ flag to cost millions The cost of holding two referendums and consulting on a change of flag has been estimated to be just under $26 million. Look. We all appreciate that the sleepy hobbits...
    The Daily Blog | 29-10
  • Why NZ Herald’s Labour Party crocodile tears are so audacious
    The front page the NZ Herald would use if they thought they could get away with it No one can take the recent columns by NZ Herald seriously… John Armstrong: Shadow lingers on National John Roughan: Labour’s leadership vote matters...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • The beginning of the end of Cameron Slater?
    Slater postings on man bizarre, court told A businessman has changed his appearance and had to install extra security at his home after Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater posted his business and personal documents online, he says. Mr Slater has...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • We are a milk power republic and Fonterra our unelected senate
    Wow. Just wow… Deputy mayor says he’ll be sacked South Taranaki deputy mayor Alex Ballantyne says he expects to be sacked because he has spoken out about the impact gasses coming from dumped Fonterra dairy products have had on his...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: “…But *actually* this is about ethics in political-game jo...
    Yesterday, a piece of mine on the recent revelations about Hone Harawira employing several gentlemen either accused or convicted of sex offences was published on The Daily Blog. Predictably, given the fierce loyalty which Hone inspires in his party faithful and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Privilege cheque
    There was no race problem in my childhood. Living in central Wellington I was well-insulated from what was going on not so far away. This was the 60s and 70s, where the teachers enjoyed free love in the staff room...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • A brief word on Key’s claim that it will be raining carnage
    Isis will ‘rain carnage on the world’ – John Key Left unchecked Isis would “rain carnage on the world”, Prime Minister John Key says, but he has yet to make a decision on whether New Zealand troops will join a...
    The Daily Blog | 28-10
  • Meanwhile…
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    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • How does Andrew Little win Labour Leadership and unify the caucus?
    Audrey Young’s excellent column on how the Caucus vote  is shaping up shows how Andrew Little becomes the next leader of the Labour Party. She identifies the factions as the following… Andrew Little 6: Andrew Little, David Cunliffe, Iain Lees Galloway,...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Right of response to Curwen
    You have asked that Hone Harawira deserves to explain what happened, how would he explain when his next door neighbour is an alleged sex offender. What explanation can Hone offer he wasn’t involved, Hone had no idea this offending was...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • MEDIA WATCH: That Hella-Weird Feeling When You Defend Tova O’Brien
    Oh dear. Yesterday morning I blogged that Hone deserved a chance to explain what exactly had happened as applies his office’s Parliamentary Services crew complement – and, importantly, that we deserve to be able to judge him on the strength of...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Canadian Green MP warns against harsh anti-terror measures
    Canada’s Green Party has provided a welcome counterpoint to Prime Minister Harper’s call for tougher anti-terrorism laws in the wake of a soldier outside the Canadian Parliament. On October 22, while she was still locked in her parliamentary office, Green...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • When is an asset sale not an asset sale? When it robs from the poor and ste...
    National have turned state housing on its head. At no time during the 2014 election did the Key Government even hint that they were going to privatise 30% of the Housing NZ stock of state homes. Not once. Key even...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part To...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Rua) . Bill English comes clean on National’s intentions for HNZ privatisation . On 14 October, in a report on The Daily Blog, I wrote, In...
    The Daily Blog | 27-10
  • The Questions Have Been Asked – They Deserve An Answer
    A few days ago, allegations that had been percolating for some time about Hone Harawira employing three either accused or convicted sex offenders on his Parliamentary pay-roll came to light. (one imprisoned before working for MANA; one who found himself convicted and...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • I have seen one future, and it is bleak
    . . Back in  March 2012, I wrote this story regarding a march to support striking workers at Ports of Auckland. It appears there was some prescience about some of my observations at the time… . | | 18 March...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • US air strike war Key wants us in has killed a civilian a day so far
      The US air strike war that John Key wants us to join has killed a civilian a day so far. From the Washington Post... The United States launched its first airstrikes on militants in Syria on Sept. 23, and has continued...
    The Daily Blog | 26-10
  • The instant Jihad syndrome
    My favourite new term is ‘self-radicalised’ – it suggests the reasons for terrorism are totally divorced from the actions of the West. This need to suddenly ramp up terror laws because of lone wolf, self-radicalised Jihadists seems convenient and counter-productive....
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • We have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself
    I suspect most Americans perceive Ebola like this   I can’t work out if the fear being spread within the media about Ebola is deliberate or just ignorance. Yes Ebola is a terrible plague that kills a large percentage of...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – “Meritocracy? I wish.”
    I’d like to start by linking to a post I had published at another site in support of Nanaia Mahuta for the Labour Party leadership election.  She has a reasonable chance, given that she already has the endorsement of Te...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Chocolate milk shortage and creepy Santa? Let’s talk about real news
    Child poverty is still a scarily serious problem in this country and house prices are soaring through the roof to the point where it is simply impossible for the average New Zealander to buy a home. There is also little...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • It’s time to celebrate Kiwi schools and teachers
    Some would have you believe that New Zealand’s schools are in a state of collapse, that your children are not being educated well and that things are going to hell in a hand basket.  That there is no innovation, no...
    The Daily Blog | 25-10
  • Ideological Blitzkrieg – Privatization of state housing, more charter sch...
    Pundits in pundit land will tell you that this Government is boring, that Key is the great pragmatist and that it is his ability to create elegant solutions that keeps him the firm favourite in many Kiwi eyes. This ability...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • Hegemony rules but resistance is fertile
    The Prime Minister is a puppet. Not just our current Prime Minister, but given the forces of multinational globalisation, the role of any head of state, is less as independent actor, and more as a puppet of international trends and...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • An open Letter to Sir Bob Jones: demanding a ‘liveable wage’ is not “...
    How out of touch with reality is Sir Bob Jones? You know, that white dude who invested in privatised SOEs after the selling off of our assets in the eighties and made a ludicrous and disgusting amount of money and is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • My insecurity about the Security Council
    As I write this (on 24 October) it is international UN Day. Of course, you all knew that already, right? Well, the day celebrates the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945. With the ratification of this founding...
    The Daily Blog | 24-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Back in That House
    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Patrick Gower interviews Social Housing Minister
    Bennett says National could sell off “thousands” of state houses but Housing NZ will still be the “dominant force” in providing social housing in NZ....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Mike Moore & Chris Liddell
    Lisa Owen interviews NZ Ambassador to the US Mike Moore and corporate high-flyer Chris Liddell about the US midterm elections....
    Scoop politics | 01-11
  • David Parker event – the future of work, Sun 2 Nov
    Labour leadership candidate David Parker, an experienced lawyer and businessman as well as a former senior government cabinet minister in the Helen Clark Government, will join three prominent New Zealanders in a panel discussion on Sunday to address...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Roast Busters: Turn Indignation into Action
    People raged about the Roast Buster case. The indignation was justified – it was horrible. “Where were their parents!?” Fair question. I am sure the Roast Busters’ parents and the victims’ parents all wish they had been more proactive in...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Stats NZ only have themselves to blame for postponement
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says Statistics NZ only have themselves to blame for the indefinite postponement of the release of the Food Price Index: November 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • NZ Diversity Survey – benchmarking workplace diversity
    AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute (NZWRI) has released a report on diversity in New Zealand workplaces....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Māori Language (Te Reo Māori) Bill
    Tutehounuku Korako, Chair of the Māori Affairs Committee, is inviting further public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday, 5 December 2014....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • ERA amendments a mixed bag
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act has the potential to put vulnerable workers in a more precarious position, says Equal Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue. However, the commissioner says the right for all to request flexible work hours is...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Sensible Sentencing calls for appeal of judicial activivism
    The Sensible Sentencing Trust is appalled that Justice Jill Mallon has today refused to apply the Life without Parole (LWOP) provisions of the Three Strikes law as enacted by Parliament....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity, Nov 1
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan as part of the “GLOBAL RALLY AGAINST ISIS – FOR KOBANÊ – FOR HUMANITY” on 1 November 2014, 2pm....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Does ‘No-Surprises’ Also Apply To TVNZ News?
    When you stand back and look at NZ media outlets, most of them have at least one or two people who attempt to hold the government to account: John Campbell on TV3, Guyon Espiner and others at Radio NZ, David...
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Safer roads are better for everyone
    Recent pedestrian versus vehicle incidents highlight the real issues being addressed by delegates as the 2Walk and Cycle conference concludes....
    Scoop politics | 31-10
  • Law change creates more flexible labour market
    The Employment Relations Amendment Act, passed yesterday, will bring new flexibility to the labour market and will reduce the ability of unions to organise and to recruit....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Bumper ANZ profits mean no excuse for insecure hours
    A big rise in profits at New Zealand's largest bank needs to be reflected in a better pay offer and more security around hours of work, the bank workers’ union said today....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Count down to lowered alcohol limit
    With just a month to go until a new lower alcohol limit for adult drivers comes into effect, Police and road safety agencies are reminding drivers of the impending change....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • WorkSafe Supports Forestry Review Findings
    WorkSafe NZ says the Independent Forestry Safety Review has clearly identified the problems facing an industry in which ten workers were killed last year. “The Review’s analysis matches our own view and leaves no doubt about the need for comprehensive,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU welcomes forestry review recommendations
    The CTU is welcoming the today's release of the independent forestry safety review panel findings. "These recommendations must be implemented to ensure that everything possible is done to make forestry safer." CTU President, Helen Kelly said....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Activists will confront animal abusers
    Today animal rights activists will confront a group of wealth advisers who want to build the biggest egg factory-farm in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Turia: Women’s Refuge Conference 2014
    This is a milestone moment in my life. This will be my last official address as Co-leader of the Maori Party. On Saturday night at our Hui-a-Tau, I will be standing down from that role and enabling a new co-leader,...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rodeo Code of Welfare ‘Sick Joke’
    Animal advocacy organisation SAFE says the revised Code of Welfare for Rodeos just released is nothing but a sick joke. “Rodeo animals are goaded, tormented and forced to endure needless suffering and gross mistreatment, all for the sake of so-called...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Conservative Party applauds binding referenda on flag
    The Conservative Party are congratulating the Government on the decision to hold two binding referendums to decide the fate of New Zealand’s flag – and believes it will pave the way for binding referenda to form part of New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Walk the Talk – Opposing violence against women
    Soroptimist International of Auckland have organised a walk on 22 November from Silo Park at the Wynyard Quarter through the Viaduct and back to Silo Park, to show their opposition to violence against women. This event hopes to raise awareness...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Recommendations on the Design of Pecuniary Penalties
    The Law Commission has reviewed the use of pecuniary penalties as a regulatory tool. Pecuniary penalties are financial penalties that policymakers are increasingly opting to use in place of criminal sanctions in order to punish and deter misconduct in...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Every worker will be affected by employment law changes
    Every worker will feel the effects of the government’s new employment laws and should join a union if they want to maintain and increase their wages and conditions, says New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Shameful attack on all workers
    The Government has passed the Employment Relations Amendment Act slashing the rights of all Kiwi workers. “These changes are shameful. New Zealand now has some of the worst employment protections in the OECD. It is embarrassing that a country which...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Unnecessary law changes more to do with ideology
    The government’s employment law changes are simply ideological and are at odds with its approach in the related areas of health and safety and immigration law, FIRST Union said tonight....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CTU Runanga calls on iwi leaders
    Maori workers are calling on iwi leaders to speak out against the employment law changes expected to go through today. “Iwi leaders have previously spoken out when workers in Aotearoa have been under attack, we believe they should do so...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Educating children not the best solution to alcohol harm
    Alcohol Healthwatch says we need to look beyond educating children and young people to address deeply embedded attitudes and behaviours concerning alcohol....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • New code of welfare for rodeos released
    New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • IPCA report riddle with inaccuracies, say students
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority into the policing of student protests in 2012 is riddled with inaccuracies, say students who laid the original complaint with the IPCA....
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • CT v The Queen – indecency convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Rameka v The Queen – murder convictions quashed
    This summary is provided to assist in the understanding of the Court’s judgment. It does not comprise part of the reasons for that judgment. The full judgment with reasons is the only authoritative document. The full text of the judgment...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Auckland Council Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald article that some Auckland households will face a rates rise of up to 9.6 per cent next year, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Len Brown’s pledge to cap rates rises at 2.5 per...
    Scoop politics | 30-10
  • Stats NZ staff escalate action with ‘no more meetings’ rule
    Statistics NZ staff have voted to escalate their ongoing industrial action in an effort to get Stats NZ back to the bargaining table with a reasonable offer. The staff, who are members of the Public Service Association (PSA), have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Rape Crisis calls for changes to criminal justice system
    Wellington Rape Crisis has added its voice to the public outcry following the announcement that there will be no charges in the teen rape gang case. Butterworth says the decision not to lay charges will not have been a surprise...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Police action justified in Blockade the Budget demonstration
    Police actions in dealing with a demonstration in Central Auckland known as Blockade the Budget on 1 June 2012 were justified and appropriate, an Independent Police Conduct Authority report released today found....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • NZDF Joins with Australia to Commemorate WWI Centenary
    A contingent of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will join their Australian counterparts at Australia’s first major commemoration of the First World War centenary in Albany, Western Australia this weekend....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Reserve Bank should reduce interest rate
    “The Reserve Bank should be reducing its policy interest rate, the OCR”, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg in response to the Bank’s announcement today that it is not increasing it....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • 2015 Stout Fellow will write about Māori & Criminal Justice
    Kim Workman, founder and advocate for the Robson Hanan Trust, which administers the Rethinking Crime and Punishment and Justspeak initiatives, has been awarded the 2015 John David Stout Fellowship at Victoria University....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • What John Key thought about ‘dirty politics’
    On September 20, John Key swept to victory to become one of New Zealand’s most successful and popular Prime Ministers. Rocked by scandal, the 2014 election campaign was one of the most brutal – and riveting – in recent history....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Trade Deal Threatens Farmers and Food Businesses
    The secret Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are a direct threat to food businesses and farmers, and a moratorium on the release of GE crops must be enshrined in law before the TPP is signed....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • CTU announces election of new Secretary
    The contested election for the position of CTU Secretary has been won by Sam Huggard. Sam officially takes office on Monday 1 December 2014. Sam has worked in the union movement and brings a wealth of experience and a commitment...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kim Workman awarded 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship
    The Victoria University of Wellington 2015 J.D. Stout Fellowship, funded by the Stout Trust, has been awarded to justice reform advocate Kim Workman. Mr Workman (Ngati Kahungungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitaane) is well known for his work on criminal justice,...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • TPPA causing concern
    Concern over the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations is being expressed in two public meetings over the next week; one at a presentation on 5th November by former councillor Robin Gwynn to the Napier City Council, the...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Kiwis rally to demand justice for ‘Roast Buster’ survivors
    Over 1,500 kiwis have rallied to demand justice after the announcement of the NZ Police decision not to lay charges in the ‘Roast Busters’ saga....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • New employment law will hurt the most vulnerable NZers
    The Public Service Association (PSA) says changes to the Employment Relations Act, expected to be passed in Parliament tonight, will hurt vulnerable workers and their families more than anyone....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Consultation to close on proposed place names
    The New Zealand Geographic Board (NZGB) Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa today advised that only one month remains before public consultation closes for 18 name proposals for geographic features and places around Te Ika ā Māui (the North Island)....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Operation Clover – Statement from Police Commissioner
    I have taken a close interest in this investigation and I am confident police have conducted a thorough and professional enquiry in what has been a challenging and complex case. The Operation Clover team has ensured that victims have been...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Better policy would have protected children from recession
    Child Poverty Action Group says an international report released by UNICEF today shows good policy can protect and improve child well-being, even during a recession....
    Scoop politics | 29-10
  • Outcome of Operation Clover investigation
    Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls...
    Scoop politics | 29-10
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